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4/21/2011
‘SPICE AND SLICE OF ASIA’ PROGRAM SERIES FEATURES EXHIBITS, FILM, STORYTELLING, CALLIGRAPHY, SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE
Learn about the history and culture of Laotians and other Asian immigrants at the fifth annual “Spice and Slice of Asia” program series presented at Hennepin County Library in May, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Storytelling, exhibits, a film, calligraphy, and a spoken word performance are scheduled.  All are open to the public free of charge.
 
“Legacies of War,” an exhibit and film, will be presented at Hennepin County Library – Brookdale with support from the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota and a Washington, D. C., nonprofit organization also called Legacies of War.
 
“The exhibit and film are part of a national community effort to raise awareness of the complex journey of Laotian refugees, including those in Minnesota, where nearly two in 10 of the refugees of the Laotian Civil War (1954-1975) have resettled to rebuild their lives,” said author and poet Bryan Thao Worra of the Lao Assistance Center.
 
Calligrapher Stephen Mao from the Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends will discuss and demonstrate Chinese calligraphy at Hennepin County Library – Plymouth. Born in Hangzhou, China, Mao began learning calligraphy at the age of four and rapidly became an accomplished calligrapher, with a fluid, expressive style. Calligraphy is an integral part of Chinese culture. Understanding its expression and importance is one of the most effective ways to understand Chinese culture, according to Mao. He has practiced calligraphy for more than 70 years, and creates calligraphy characters using brushes ranging in size from small and delicate to some as big as floor mops.
 
The “Spice and Slice of Asia” series also includes a “Pride of Vietnam” exhibit on display at Hennepin County Library – Augsburg Park. And new this year is a program for teens — a Southeast Asian spoken word performance for grade 6 and up at Hennepin County Library – Sumner.
 
Programs of Hmong, Indian, and Vietnamese storytelling will be presented at Hennepin County Library – Southdale and Hennepin County Library – North Regional.  Burmese, Chinese, and Laotian storytelling is scheduled at Hennepin County Library – Brookdale and Hennepin County Library – Eden Prairie.
 
The programs are funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  For Hennepin County Library’s complete program schedule:  www.hclib.org
 
 
Spice & Slice of Asia: Pride of Vietnam Exhibit
Augsburg Park Library
May 1–May 31
This collection of photographs and stories celebrates the achievements of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in Minnesota during the past 35 years, and their impact on the community. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Sponsored by the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association – Minnesota.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Hmong, Indian and Vietnamese Storytelling
Southdale Library
Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.
Storytellers will highlight their reasons for leaving their native land, their journey to America and their “American experience,” followed by questions and discussion. Will also feature dance performance from each ethnic group. Stories tie in with the “Legacies of War” exhibit at Brookdale Library during May.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Legacies of War Exhibit
Brookdale Library
May 1–May 31
Images and art depict Laotian lives affected by the Vietnam-era bombing of Laos. The exhibit was founded “to connect the experiences of war,” to advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs, and to create greater hope for a future of peace.
Supported by Legacies of War, a nonprofit organization based in D.C. and the Lao Assistance Center, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Legacies of War Film Showings
Brookdale Library
Thursday, May 5, 6–8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 18, 6–8 p.m.

Laos was the most bombed place during the Vietnam War. A short discussion will follow each film and do visit the “Legacies of War” exhibit at Brookdale Library before or after the films.
May 5, “Bombies”: Set among lush and magnificent landscape, this film shows how activism can improve lives that were forever changed by unexploded cluster bombs. 57 min.
May 18, “Bomb Harvest”: Well-made and sensitive documentary of contemporary bomb disposal in Laos of bombs left over from the Vietnam War. 88 min. 
Supported by Legacies of War, a nonprofit organization based in D.C. and the Lao Assistance Center, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Chinese Calligraphy
Plymouth Library
Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m.
The art of writing is highly valued in Asian civilizations. Each brush stroke is an art form. Learn how the characters and styles evolve. Naming conventions also will be discussed and you will have a chance to have your name translated and written in Chinese calligraphy. 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Spoken Word (Hmong, Lao)
Sumner Library
Friday, May 13, 4:30 p.m.
Grade 6 and up. Experience Asian American spoken word and poetry as it rolls off the tongue and guaranteed to electrify you! From the streets of the city to the shadows of the secret lives of refugees, award-winning artists and performers will share and spark a conversation! 
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Burmese, Chinese, Laotian Storytelling
Brookdale Library
Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.
Storytellers will highlight their reasons for leaving their native land, their journey to America and their “American experience,” followed by questions and discussion. Will also feature dance performance from each ethnic group. Stories tie in with the “Legacies of War” exhibit at Brookdale Library during May.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Burmese, Chinese and Laotian Storytelling
Eden Prairie Library
Saturday, May 21, 1:30 p.m.
Storytellers will highlight their reasons for leaving their native land, their journey to America and their “American experience,” followed by questions and discussion. Will also feature dance performance from each ethnic group. Stories tie in with the “Legacies of War” exhibit at Brookdale Library during May.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Spice & Slice of Asia: Hmong, Indian and Vietnamese Storytelling
North Regional Library
Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m.
Storytellers will highlight their reasons for leaving their native land, their journey to America and their “American experience,” followed by questions and discussion. Will also feature dance performance from each ethnic group. Stories tie in with the “Legacies of War” exhibit at Brookdale Library during May.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

4/21/2011


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